Crystal nuclei in melts: a Monte Carlo simulation of a model for attractive colloids

  title={Crystal nuclei in melts: a Monte Carlo simulation of a model for attractive colloids},
  author={Antonia Statt and Peter Virnau and Kurt Binder},
  journal={Molecular Physics},
  pages={2556 - 2570}
As a model for a suspension of hard-sphere-like colloidal particles where small non-adsorbing dissolved polymers create a depletion attraction, we introduce an effective colloid–colloid potential closely related to the Asakura–Oosawa model, but that does not have any discontinuities. In simulations, this model straightforwardly allows the calculation of the pressure from the virial formula, and the phase transition in the bulk from the liquid to crystalline solid can be accurately located from… 
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